Dedicated Los Altos resident crowned Miss Junior Dance of America

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Los Altos resident Shaya Ben-David performs at the Dance Masters of America competition last month.

Los Altos resident Shaya Ben-David dances approximately 19 hours a week at the Bay Area Dance School – and summer only means more dancing.

This summer, the 12-year-old attended American Ballet Theatre’s Young Dancer Intensive in New York, danced at Master Ballet Academy’s intensive in Arizona and competed in Georgia, where her near-constant training paid off when she won the title of Miss Junior Dance of America.

Local Arts Roundup: 'Layers' coming to Los Altos Hills Town Hall

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Yvonne Newhouse’s “A Voice of Many” is among the works slated for display in “Layers.”

The exhibition “Layers,” featuring the work of members of the Women’s Caucus for Art’s Peninsula Chapter, is scheduled for display September through March at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

Founded in 1972 in connection with the College Art Association, the Women’s Caucus for Art is a national organization with a multidisciplinary, multicultural membership of artists, art historians, students, educators and museum professionals. The mission of the organization is to expand opportunities and recognition for women in the arts.

CSA CAN Challenge exceeds expectations

Community Services Agency collected donations of more than 5,600 pounds of canned and other nonperishable food valued at approximately $9,000 during its second CAN Challenge campaign, which ran July 22 to Aug. 2.

Local businesses captured the spirit of the event, including one that organized a team-building event to create sculptures from 4,000 cans of food that were subsequently donated to CSA.

Resident puts out call to help SMA family from Armenia


Spinal muscular atrophy research is a cause close to Los Altos resident Marge Shiveley’s heart.

Shively’s daughter, Linda, founded the Northern California Walk-n-Roll fundraiser for SMA 16 years ago, honoring her daughter and Shively’s granddaughter, Jessica, who was diagnosed with the disease at 3 months old and died nine days before her fourth birthday.

YMCA's all-inclusive Dance for All engages families with special needs

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Students in the Dance for All program work out during a recent class at the El Camino YMCA.

The El Camino YMCA’s Dance for All program offers a space for young and old alike to experience the joy of movement to music with no judgment, no criticism and no fear.

The all-inclusive classes encourage parents to dance with their children with special needs alongside kids labeled “normal.” All levels learn at their own pace and are given the freedom to express themselves with no preconceived ideas of perfection.

Local mother and daughter perform at Estonian music festival

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Elizabeth, left, and Margaret Barnett of Los Altos recently traveled to Europe to perform in front of thousands of people at the Estonian Song Celebration.

Mother and daughter Margaret and Elizabeth Barnett of Los Altos recently traveled to Europe to perform in front of thousands of people at Laulupidu, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Estonian festival’s Song Celebration.

The Barnetts sang with the Estonian Community Choir of San Francisco, one of eight American choirs in a festival that featured 1,020 of them. To qualify, the choir had to undergo a two-part selection process that involved learning the festival set list – in the Estonian language.

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